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Sonny Dove

Lloyd Dove

Position: Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-7 ▪ Weight: 198 lbs.
Born: August 16, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York
Died: February 14, 1983
High School: Saint Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn, New York
College: St. John's University
Draft: Detroit Pistons, 1st round (4th pick, 4th overall), 1967 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 17, 1967 ▪ ABA Debut: October 29, 1969

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 28 162 22 75 .293 22 75 .293 12 26 .462 52 11 27 56
1968-69 23 DET NBA PF 29 236 47 100 .470 47 100 .470 24 36 .667 62 12 49 118
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 80 2284 456 987 .462 2 13 .154 454 974 .466 240 379 .633 236 307 543 107 201 295 1154
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 83 2280 467 1006 .464 4 14 .286 463 992 .467 186 273 .681 264 412 676 88 224 304 1124
1971-72 26 NYA ABA PF 2 9 2 5 .400 0 0 2 5 .400 2 3 .667 1 0 1 1 2 4 6
Career TOT 222 4971 994 2173 .457 6 27 .222 988 2146 .460 464 717 .647 501 719 1334 219 427 679 2458
ABA 165 4573 925 1998 .463 6 27 .222 919 1971 .466 428 655 .653 501 719 1220 196 427 603 2284
NBA 57 398 69 175 .394 69 175 .394 36 62 .581 114 23 76 174
3 seasons NYA ABA 165 4573 925 1998 .463 6 27 .222 919 1971 .466 428 655 .653 501 719 1220 196 427 603 2284
2 seasons DET NBA 57 398 69 175 .394 69 175 .394 36 62 .581 114 23 76 174

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 28 5.8 0.8 2.7 .293 0.8 2.7 .293 0.4 0.9 .462 1.9 0.4 1.0 2.0
1968-69 23 DET NBA PF 29 8.1 1.6 3.4 .470 1.6 3.4 .470 0.8 1.2 .667 2.1 0.4 1.7 4.1
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 80 28.6 5.7 12.3 .462 0.0 0.2 .154 5.7 12.2 .466 3.0 4.7 .633 3.0 3.8 6.8 1.3 2.5 3.7 14.4
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 83 27.5 5.6 12.1 .464 0.0 0.2 .286 5.6 12.0 .467 2.2 3.3 .681 3.2 5.0 8.1 1.1 2.7 3.7 13.5
1971-72 26 NYA ABA PF 2 4.5 1.0 2.5 .400 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.5 .400 1.0 1.5 .667 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 2.0 3.0
Career TOT 222 22.4 4.5 9.8 .457 0.0 0.2 .222 4.5 9.7 .460 2.1 3.2 .647 3.0 4.4 6.0 1.0 2.6 3.1 11.1
ABA 165 27.7 5.6 12.1 .463 0.0 0.2 .222 5.6 11.9 .466 2.6 4.0 .653 3.0 4.4 7.4 1.2 2.6 3.7 13.8
NBA 57 7.0 1.2 3.1 .394 1.2 3.1 .394 0.6 1.1 .581 2.0 0.4 1.3 3.1
3 seasons NYA ABA 165 27.7 5.6 12.1 .463 0.0 0.2 .222 5.6 11.9 .466 2.6 4.0 .653 3.0 4.4 7.4 1.2 2.6 3.7 13.8
2 seasons DET NBA 57 7.0 1.2 3.1 .394 1.2 3.1 .394 0.6 1.1 .581 2.0 0.4 1.3 3.1

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 28 162 4.9 16.7 .293 4.9 16.7 .293 2.7 5.8 .462 11.6 2.4 6.0 12.4
1968-69 23 DET NBA PF 29 236 7.2 15.3 .470 7.2 15.3 .470 3.7 5.5 .667 9.5 1.8 7.5 18.0
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 80 2284 7.2 15.6 .462 0.0 0.2 .154 7.2 15.4 .466 3.8 6.0 .633 3.7 4.8 8.6 1.7 3.2 4.6 18.2
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 83 2280 7.4 15.9 .464 0.1 0.2 .286 7.3 15.7 .467 2.9 4.3 .681 4.2 6.5 10.7 1.4 3.5 4.8 17.7
1971-72 26 NYA ABA PF 2 9 8.0 20.0 .400 0.0 0.0 8.0 20.0 .400 8.0 12.0 .667 4.0 0.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 16.0 24.0
Career TOT 222 4971 7.2 15.7 .457 0.0 0.2 .222 7.2 15.5 .460 3.4 5.2 .647 3.9 5.7 9.7 1.6 3.4 4.9 17.8
ABA 165 4573 7.3 15.7 .463 0.0 0.2 .222 7.2 15.5 .466 3.4 5.2 .653 3.9 5.7 9.6 1.5 3.4 4.7 18.0
NBA 57 398 6.2 15.8 .394 6.2 15.8 .394 3.3 5.6 .581 10.3 2.1 6.9 15.7
3 seasons NYA ABA 165 4573 7.3 15.7 .463 0.0 0.2 .222 7.2 15.5 .466 3.4 5.2 .653 3.9 5.7 9.6 1.5 3.4 4.7 18.0
2 seasons DET NBA 57 398 6.2 15.8 .394 6.2 15.8 .394 3.3 5.6 .581 10.3 2.1 6.9 15.7

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 28 162 .293 16.7 .293 .462
1968-69 23 DET NBA PF 29 236 .470 15.3 .470 .667
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 80 2284 .462 .154 15.4 .466 .633
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 83 2280 .464 .286 15.7 .467 .681
1971-72 26 NYA ABA PF 2 9 .400 20.0 .400 .667
Career TOT 222 4971 .457 .222 .460 .647
ABA 165 4573 .463 .222 .466 .653
NBA 57 398 .394 .394 .581
3 seasons NYA ABA 165 4573 .463 .222 .466 .653
2 seasons DET NBA 57 398 .394 .394 .581

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 28 162 6.4 .324 .293 .347 8.3 -0.6 0.1 -0.5 -0.136
1968-69 23 DET NBA PF 29 236 13.6 .509 .470 .360 7.1 0.3 0.1 0.4 .088
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 80 2284 14.7 .500 .463 .384 .013 11.4 7.0 14.8 22.3 2.1 2.2 4.3 .090
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 83 2280 13.9 .499 .466 .271 .014 14.5 5.6 16.6 22.5 1.5 1.5 3.0 .063
1971-72 26 NYA ABA PF 2 9 3.3 .475 .400 .600 .000 11.1 0.0 5.4 16.3 24.0 36.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .019
Career TOT 222 4971 14.0 .494 .459 .330 .012 11.1 0.0 12.9 6.4 15.7 22.4 3.3 3.9 7.2 .070
ABA 165 4573 14.3 .500 .464 .328 .014 11.1 0.0 12.9 6.3 15.7 22.4 3.6 3.7 7.2 .076
NBA 57 398 10.7 .430 .394 .354 7.6 -0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.003
3 seasons NYA ABA 165 4573 14.3 .500 .464 .328 .014 11.1 0.0 12.9 6.3 15.7 22.4 3.6 3.7 7.2 .076
2 seasons DET NBA 57 398 10.7 .430 .394 .354 7.6 -0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.003

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 2 6 2 4 .500 2 4 .500 0 0 2 0 0 4
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 7 281 48 97 .495 1 4 .250 47 93 .505 26 39 .667 71 9 123
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 5 32 5 10 .500 0 0 5 10 .500 1 4 .250 4 7 11 1 1 10 11
Career TOT 14 319 55 111 .495 1 4 .250 54 107 .505 27 43 .628 4 7 84 10 1 10 138
ABA 12 313 53 107 .495 1 4 .250 52 103 .505 27 43 .628 4 7 82 10 1 10 134
NBA 2 6 2 4 .500 2 4 .500 0 0 2 0 0 4
2 seasons NYA ABA 12 313 53 107 .495 1 4 .250 52 103 .505 27 43 .628 4 7 82 10 1 10 134
1 season DET NBA 2 6 2 4 .500 2 4 .500 0 0 2 0 0 4

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 2 3.0 1.0 2.0 .500 1.0 2.0 .500 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 7 40.1 6.9 13.9 .495 0.1 0.6 .250 6.7 13.3 .505 3.7 5.6 .667 10.1 1.3 17.6
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 5 6.4 1.0 2.0 .500 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 .500 0.2 0.8 .250 0.8 1.4 2.2 0.2 0.2 2.0 2.2
Career TOT 14 22.8 3.9 7.9 .495 0.1 0.3 .250 3.9 7.6 .505 1.9 3.1 .628 0.8 1.4 6.0 0.7 0.2 0.7 9.9
ABA 12 26.1 4.4 8.9 .495 0.1 0.3 .250 4.3 8.6 .505 2.3 3.6 .628 0.8 1.4 6.8 0.8 0.2 0.8 11.2
NBA 2 3.0 1.0 2.0 .500 1.0 2.0 .500 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
2 seasons NYA ABA 12 26.1 4.4 8.9 .495 0.1 0.3 .250 4.3 8.6 .505 2.3 3.6 .628 0.8 1.4 6.8 0.8 0.2 0.8 11.2
1 season DET NBA 2 3.0 1.0 2.0 .500 1.0 2.0 .500 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 2 6 12.0 24.0 .500 12.0 24.0 .500 0.0 0.0 12.0 0.0 0.0 24.0
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 7 281 6.1 12.4 .495 0.1 0.5 .250 6.0 11.9 .505 3.3 5.0 .667 9.1 1.2 15.8
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 5 32 5.6 11.3 .500 0.0 0.0 5.6 11.3 .500 1.1 4.5 .250 4.5 7.9 12.4 1.1 1.1 11.3 12.4
Career TOT 14 319 6.2 12.5 .495 0.1 0.5 .250 6.1 12.1 .505 3.0 4.9 .628 4.5 7.9 9.5 1.1 1.1 1.1 15.6
ABA 12 313 6.1 12.3 .495 0.1 0.5 .250 6.0 11.8 .505 3.1 4.9 .628 4.5 7.9 9.4 1.2 1.1 1.2 15.4
NBA 2 6 12.0 24.0 .500 12.0 24.0 .500 0.0 0.0 12.0 0.0 0.0 24.0
2 seasons NYA ABA 12 313 6.1 12.3 .495 0.1 0.5 .250 6.0 11.8 .505 3.1 4.9 .628 4.5 7.9 9.4 1.2 1.1 1.2 15.4
1 season DET NBA 2 6 12.0 24.0 .500 12.0 24.0 .500 0.0 0.0 12.0 0.0 0.0 24.0

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 2 6 .500 24.0 .500
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 7 281 .495 .250 11.9 .505 .667
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 5 32 .500 11.3 .500 .250
Career TOT 14 319 .495 .250 .505 .628
ABA 12 313 .495 .250 .505 .628
NBA 2 6 .500 .500
2 seasons NYA ABA 12 313 .495 .250 .505 .628
1 season DET NBA 2 6 .500 .500

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1967-68 22 DET NBA PF 2 6 21.4 .500 .500 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .143
1969-70 24 NYA ABA PF 7 281 19.1 .539 .500 .402 .041 12.7 4.6 0.4 0.2 0.5 .092
1970-71 25 NYA ABA PF 5 32 7.0 .468 .500 .400 .000 4.1 7.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.070
Career TOT 14 319 17.9 .531 .500 .387 .036 12.7 4.5 7.8 0.4 0.1 0.5 .077
ABA 12 313 17.9 .532 .500 .402 .037 12.7 4.6 7.8 0.4 0.1 0.5 .075
NBA 2 6 21.4 .500 .500 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .143
2 seasons NYA ABA 12 313 17.9 .532 .500 .402 .037 12.7 4.6 7.8 0.4 0.1 0.5 .075
1 season DET NBA 2 6 21.4 .500 .500 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .143

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 5 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5
Sonny Dove 4.3 3.0 0.4 0.0 -0.5
Bill Closs 84.5 4.4 2.8 0.0
Tobias Harris 80.0 4.1 2.4 0.9
Len Chappell 79.4 3.6 3.2 0.5 0.1 0.1
Ime Udoka 78.5 3.9 2.8 1.3 0.0 0.0
Ollie Darden 77.5 3.7 3.6 0.3
Bruce Bowen 74.9 4.2 2.2 1.2 0.0 0.0
Kenny Gattison 74.0 4.5 3.0 1.5 0.7 0.0
Sam Smith 73.9 4.6 3.3 1.4 0.2
Michael Ansley 72.8 3.3 3.1 0.0
Larry Stewart 72.1 4.7 2.9 1.6 0.5 0.1
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sonny Dove 4.3 3.0 0.4 0.0 -0.5
Bill Closs 84.5 4.4 2.8 0.0
Tobias Harris 80.0 4.1 2.4 0.9
Ollie Darden 77.5 3.7 3.6 0.3
Sam Smith 73.9 4.6 3.3 1.4 0.2
Michael Ansley 72.8 3.3 3.1 0.0
Larry Stewart 72.1 4.7 2.9 1.6 0.5 0.1
Andy Duncan 71.1 3.7 3.4 -0.3
Zeke Zawoluk 70.3 3.9 2.5 1.7
Dike Eddleman 70.1 3.8 3.7 -0.1 -0.1
Ime Udoka 69.6 3.9 2.8 1.3 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Honors
1966-67 NCAA AP All-America (3rd)

Offensive Rebounds
Career ABA 501 (85)

Personal Fouls
1970-71 ABA 304 (7)

Transactions

January 16, 1967: As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers (as a future 1967 1st round draft pick) with Rudy LaRusso to the Detroit Pistons; the Baltimore Bullets traded Mel Counts to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Detroit Pistons traded Ray Scott to the Baltimore Bullets. Detroit got a 1st round draft pick in 1967 when LaRusso refused to report; LaRusso was later sold to San Francisco.

May 3, 1967: Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1967 NBA Draft.

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